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Soft Robots Acquire Origami Skeletons for Super-Strength

Soft Robots Acquire Origami Skeletons for Super-Strength

I can’t sit here and promise you that the robot apocalypse isn’t coming, that the machines won’t eventually rise up and overthrow their makers. But what I can promise you is that not all of them will be able to punch you out. Because robots […]

Want a Perfect Turkey? Calculate Its Specific Heat Capacity

Want a Perfect Turkey? Calculate Its Specific Heat Capacity

As I understand it, the whole point of cooking a turkey is to take it at some temperature and then increase it to a higher temperature. Sure, maybe there’s something about family togetherness in there, but really, Thanksgiving is all about thermal transfer. The USDA […]

Is Your Turkey Trot Going to Burn Off That Pie?

Is Your Turkey Trot Going to Burn Off That Pie?

This Thanksgiving, you have a plan: You’ve signed up for a race. Nothing crazy, just a few miles, but what better way to offset the culinary onslaught of Turkey-day dinner than by torching a few calories first thing in the morning? That fourth slice of […]

Could Tesla Power Its Electric Truck With Solar Panels?

Could Tesla Power Its Electric Truck With Solar Panels?

Tesla just keeps making cool things. On the top of the list is its newest addition to the lineup, an all-electric semitruck. Oh, that might sound like a dumb idea—but I don’t think so. Just consider how much stuff is shipped back and forth across […]

Iron Ox Brings Robotics to Hydroponic Greenhouse Farming

Iron Ox Brings Robotics to Hydroponic Greenhouse Farming

When you think of automation, you probably think of the assembly line, a dramatic dance of robot arms with nary a human laborer in sight. But that’s child’s play. The grandest, most disruptive automation revolution has played out in agriculture. First with horses and plows, […]

The Moon Express MX-1E Lander Is Heading for the Moon or Bust

The Moon Express MX-1E Lander Is Heading for the Moon or Bust

Google can’t resist a moon shot, but this one is literal: A decade ago, the company announced the Google Lunar X Prize—$20 million for the first private firm to build a robot that can soft-land on the surface of the moon, travel 500 meters, and […]

Can Soccer-Playing Robots Kick It? Yes They Can!

Can Soccer-Playing Robots Kick It? Yes They Can!

The world may not agree 100 percent on what to call it, but we can all agree that soccer/football is indeed the Beautiful Game. Not just from an individual athleticism standpoint, but also the teamwork: Soccer is a lovely ballet, only with more kicking and […]

Watch the Boston Dynamics Atlas Robot Do a Backflip. Yes, a Backflip

Watch the Boston Dynamics Atlas Robot Do a Backflip. Yes, a Backflip

Atlas, the hulking humanoid robot from Boston Dynamics, now does backflips. I’ll repeat that. It’s a hulking humanoid that does backflips. Check out the video below, because it shows a hulking humanoid doing a backflip. And that’s after it leaps from platform to platform, as […]

How to Hoist Yourself Out of a Hole With Physics

How to Hoist Yourself Out of a Hole With Physics

No one can deny that there are some great physics videos out there in the wild internet. Today, I found this one Phillipsea/Imgur floating around—featuring what appears to be a worker that needs to get out of a cone-shaped hole. Oh sure, he could possibly […]